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NORTH ADAMS -- Professional snowmobile racing is coming to town on Feb. 22 for a two-day event.
As part of the East Coast Snocross racing tour, MVP Promotions is hosting the event at The Range, the driving range and miniature golf course on Curran Highway in North Adams.
Jamie Zdon and Peter Greenbush, the principals in MVP Promotions, have been organizing the race event since mid-November. This will be the eighth of 10 races in the East Coast Snocross 2014 season.
Snocross is a racing sport involving specialized snowmobiles that race through a course that includes steep jumps and high banked corners. The vehicles can reach speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour and hit 30-foot-high jumps and as a result travel up to 140 feet through the air.
There will be a number of events, including races for younger ages and radar races, that allow locals to take part in the fun.
This is the first official snocross race in Berkshire County, Greenbush and Zdon said, but it has garnered a great deal of interest.
"There's not much to do around here this time of year, and this is a huge snowmobile community so we thought this could be just the thing," Greenbush said. "All the snowmobile clubs have been in touch with us. They can't believe the race is coming here."
Preparations are well underway, Zdon said, and snow-making should begin this weekend. The track will be set up by a team of professional track designers a few days before the race begins.
There are 37 local sponsors, including Southside Sales, a North Adams snowmobile dealer and sponsor of a pro team of snocross racers, as well as Berkshire County Construction. Food vendors at the event will include Desperado's, Village Pizza and Cliff's Backyard Barbecue.
"Without the help of local businesses and sponsors, this race would not take place," Zdon said.
The side event, sponsored by Adams Community Bank, is a radar-measured speed trial, in which local riders will try to hit the highest recorded speed. Money raised in the side event will benefit POP Cares, a Williamstown-based non profit group that awards grants to families of cancer patients to help with the travel and housing costs involved in treatment.
As a result of the race, professional snowmobile teams with their racers, mechanics and others will be flocking to town, many of them staying in local hotels. Then there are their friends, families and fans that will be coming to town.
Tickets at the gate will cost $20 per day. Tickets are free for kids 7 years old and under.
MVP Promotions will have a booth at Winterfest in North Adams next Saturday at which $25, two-day advance tickets will be available.
The gates will open at 10:30 a.m., and the first 100 through the gate can have their kids take a low-speed ride through the course with a pro rider, as long as they have a helmet and their parents sign the waiver.
More information is available on Facebook at The Range by MVP Promotions.
Other races in the East Coast series have drawn between 2,000 and 5,000 spectators, but since this is their first such outing, the organizers aren't sure what to expect. But if it goes as well as anticipated, Greenbush said, there may be another race weekend next winter.
"Our hope is to create an event we can replicate year after year that will appeal to a mass audience and benefit the local community for years to come, and to create a relationship with East Coast Snocross so they make us a permanent destination in their racing schedule." Zdon said.
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